My very first quilt, my childhood special blanky, was from Ma (my maternal grandmother). I treasure each of the quilts she’s made for me. She not only taught me to quilt, I learned the joy of giving from her, a woman who made so many lap quilts for the local nursing homes over the years, that she ended up getting one she made when she had to go to the nursing home this year.
We’ve been very blessed in my family to enjoy my Grandparents living long and healthy lives. This January when I moved to Harrisburg, both of my Mother’s parents were with me, Pa helping to reassemble furniture and Ma setting up my pantry. And in February we all celebrated my Grandfather’s 90th birthday.
It was a hard decision to move back to Pennsylvania, but being closer to my Grandparents was definitely on the Pro list. Unfortunately that became even more true the past two months as Ma’s health steadily declined. And as she’s been back and forth between the hospital and the nursing home, I’ve been incredibly grateful that I’m just two hours away and able to visit often.
She seems to finally be on the mend a bit now, though her mobility is still quite limited, but when she first went into the hospital we really had no idea what was going on and I was worried sick about her. That first week, sitting in my apartment two hours away seemed much to far. I absolutely HAD to do something to keep busy. So, I channeled my grandmother as best I could, and cleaned my apartment to within an inch of it’s life, baked some cookies, and made a quilt.
I started with some handkerchief butterfly blocks that were appliqued and given to me by my other grandmother. I embroidered them, pieced the top, sandwiched, and hand quilted the quilt in a little under two weeks.
Though it’s not my modern style, it is the most important quilt I’ve ever made, perhaps the most important quilt I could ever make. I hope Ma knows exactly how much it means to me to share the love of quilting with her. More importantly, I hope she knows that I fell in love with quilting because of how much I love her and love spending time with her. I’m at a loss for words to say how proud I am to be her granddaughter, so I’ll just close with the quilt label:
I know this is a lot of story for the BQF, when there are so many blogs to visit and so many quilts to see, so if you’ve read the whole way to the end here, thank you for taking that time. I hope you enjoy all the quilts in the festival. I know I can’t wait for a good evening of virtual quilt show. And, of course, a big thank you to Amy for hosting this again!